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The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) is the administrator of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS), which provides services to Gates Millennium Scholars by means of collective efforts of four partner organizations.  GMS program staff members at the American Indian Graduate Center Scholars, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the United Negro College Fund serve students from all fifty states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Discovering the Brightest Stars 2008 Annual Report

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Contents Message from Michael L. Lomax Message from Larry A. Griffith Discovering Leaders 3 Year in Review Making History 5 Awards by State   6 Institutions A Closer Look The Impact 18 Leadership Activities Scholar Services 22 Online Scholar Services Outreach 24 Eligibility & Selection 26 GMS Leadership Advisory Council & Alliances

The Brightest Stars In this Annual Report, we are proud to introduce you to the Gates Millennium Scholars Program’s activities for the past year.   Every year, we award 1,000 scholarships to incoming first-time college matriculants. They are among America’s best and brightest. They represent the hopes and dreams of millions of people. They will return from their educational experience to extraordinary careers and leadership positions. At the same time, they will get involved in their communities and help them to become better places to live and work.   They are the brightest stars – each a bright and shining promise for America’s future.

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Message from Michael L. Lomax Dear Friends: This Annual Report of UNCF’s Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS) is a report of success. Thanks to the support of GMS, the 888 seniors who received their college degrees last spring and the 1,000 freshmen who will begin college this fall with GMS scholarships, bring the total of GMS recipients to over 12,000 low-income minority students, and the total number of GMS-supported graduates to more than 6,000. That adds up to more than 6,000 scientists, teachers, entrepreneurs, doctors and nurses, and more than 6,000 parents, good neighbors and good citizens. As the GMS program’s administrator, UNCF—the United Negro College Fund—is proud of having played a critical part in helping these young men and women’s success. Beyond that, we are especially grateful to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the support and the greatness of vision that made the entire program both possible and successful. As impressive and heartening as the success of the 12,000 Gates Scholars is, the impact of the GMS program extends still farther. Their success validates the conviction that underlies UNCF’s core mission of minority education, the conviction that minority and low-income students, given the financial and social support that many students can take for granted, can succeed in college and beyond at rates that rival and even exceed those of the general population of college students. UNCF celebrates the accomplishments of the more than 12,000 Gates Scholars and the wisdom and generosity of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in making this program possible. It is the GMS program’s mission to continue to serve those students as it has for almost a decade. It is UNCF’s mission to extend to all minority and low-income students the opportunities that GMS has opened for Gates Scholars.

President & CEO United Negro College Fund, Inc.

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Message from Larry A. Griffith Dear Friends:

2008 was an excellent year for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS). I am excited by the growth GMS has experienced in our efforts to enable academically successful, low-income and first-generation students of color to achieve their goal of pursuing higher education. Students submitted over 13,000 applications for the 2008 GMS freshman class. Applicants increased by seven percent, underscoring that there are thousands of students who need financial assistance to become the bright stars that will make a difference in our nation’s future.

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As the nation’s leading scholarship program, GMS has awarded over $425 million in scholarships since its inception and our scholarship serves high-achieving students from all fifty states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Even with our national reach, GMS recognizes there are untapped populations of students who are unaware of what it takes to be academically ready for post-secondary education and to be competitive for scholarship selection. We welcome your assistance and encourage you to direct students, parents and school counselors to join our online communities at www.gmsp.org. Each of those groups will find information and techniques at the site that help to prepare students for college and for the GMS application and other scholarships. Among the program’s greatest strengths is that the GMS scholarship is more than a transactional experience. As the annual report highlights, GMS staff members at each partner organization guide Scholar leaders toward new achievements through a wide variety of Leadership Development experiences including Academic Empowerment services that contribute to retention; Graduate School Institutes that pave the way to post-baccalaureate study; Mentoring experiences that provide peer and alumni support for personal achievement; and online tools and resources that allow Gates Millennium Scholars and Alumni to connect with career and internship opportunities, as well as connect with each other in a virtual community. Thank you for your support of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program’s goals and please join us in celebrating our Scholars’ extraordinary accomplishments as we continue to develop Leaders for America’s Future™.

Vice President, UNCF Gates Millennium Scholars Program

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Discovering Leaders Leaders for America’s Future™

The GMS Scholarship Award Provides:

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS), funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding low-income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose.   Continuing Gates Millennium Scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.   The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence by providing thousands of outstanding students, who have significant financial need, the opportunity to reach their full potential.

• Support for the cost of education by covering unmet need and self-help.   • Renewable awards for Gates Millennium Scholars that maintain satisfactory academic progress.   • Graduate school funding for continuing Gates Millennium Scholars in the areas of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.   • Leadership development programs with distinctive personal, academic and professional growth opportunities.

The GMS scholarship means that not only am I given the opportunity to better myself, but it also allows me the opportunity to better the Hispanic community as a whole and become a proper role model for generations to come. Martha Manzanarez, Houston, TX, GMS Class of 2008

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2007 Year in Review About The New Gates Scholars

About Their Selected Schools

• 97 percent completed their Nominee Personal Information Form (NPIF) online • 72 percent found out about the program through their schools, their friends or the Fastweb Scholarship Search • 35 percent live in the western United States • Students have a 3.76 high school grade point average • 66 percent are female

• 82 percent will attend their first choice institution • 63 percent are first-generation college students • Class of 2008 Gates Millennium Scholars are going to 361 different colleges and universities Top 10: University of California-Los Angeles, Stanford University, University of California-Berkeley, University of Texas-Austin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of New Mexico, Arizona State University, University of California-Davis, University of Washington, Howard University, University of Southern California. • 47 percent are attending private colleges; 53 percent public universities • 47 percent are majoring in STEM fields - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Their Top 5 School Districts • • • • •

Los Angeles Unified, California New York Public Schools, New York City of Chicago District 299, Illinois Dade County School District, Florida Gallup-McKinley County Schools, New Mexico

Current Gates Millennium Scholars • There are 4,780 current undergraduate & graduate Gates Scholars • Nationwide 761 different colleges and universities are attended by Gates Scholars • 3.3 is the average GPA of undergraduate level Gates Millennium Scholars and 3.5 is the average for Gates Scholars at the graduate school level and beyond • 218 undergraduates transitioned into a Gates funded field • There were 624 new Gates Alumni in 2007

“I appreciate the Gates Foundation sponsoring me and assisting me with study abroad expenses this semester. I hope to be able to continue to serve the world at large.” Suzanne Cade, Tuskegee, AL, GMS Class of 2005

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Making History Graduation Rates

Program Accomplishments Since Inception 78.2%

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• Over 12,000 Gates Millennium Scholars have been funded, representing all 50 states and several U.S. territories. • Over 5,000 Gates Millennium Scholars have completed their degree. • Gates Millennium Scholars have enrolled in almost 1,500 different colleges and universities. • 37 percent of Gates Millennium Scholars have transitioned into graduate school. • GMS has awarded more than $425 million in scholarships. • Five-year graduation rate of over 78 percent. • Average freshman retention rate 96 percent - sophomore rate 94.8 percent.

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“I’ve had the opportunity to engage in Community Impact programs and other Mentoring Programs that I would not have had the time for if I was worried about the financial expense of my education.” Karen Smith, Rosedale, NY, GMS Class of 2006

U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), BPS: 96/01, Data Analysis System. National Center For Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Spring 2006, Graduation Rates component. Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS) 2006 Graduation Rate.

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Scholarship Awards by State AK - $112,615 (11 students)

$0 - $99,999

$100,000 - $249,999

Virgin Islands - $20,650 (1 student)

$250,000 - $499,999

$500,000 - $999,999

$1,000,000 - $1,499,999

Federated States of Micronesia - $5,011 (1 student)

Puerto Rico - $5,378 (2 students)

$1,500,000 - $1,999,999

$2,000,000 - $2,999,999

$3,000,000 - $3,999,999

$4,000,000 - $4,999,999

$5,000,000 - $10,000,000

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Guam - $17,149 (1 student)


MI - $1,238,846 (93 students)

MT - $198,156 (20 students)

ND - $128,024 (12 students)

IA - $246,391 (25 students) NY - $5,088,467 (298 students)

WY - $9,437 (1 student) SD - $368,364 (39 students)

ID - $366,796 (22 students)

WI - $427,107 (34 students)

MO - $770,970 (44 students)

WI - $427,107 (34 students)

NE - $1,130,754 (59 students)

WV - $34,102 (2 students)

PA - $1,668,722 (129 students)

IL - $1,771,395 (117 students) WA - $1,513,817 (126 students)

VT - $37,005 (5 students)

ME - $59,518 (8 students)

IN - $695,338 (49 students) NH - $242,992 (36 students)

OH - $679,502 (52 students) OR - $812,625 (54 students) UT - $308,935 (26 students)

CT - $501,455 (67 students)

MA - $2,268,862 (242 students) NJ - 279,756 (48 students)

DC - $2,051,713 (112 students)

HI - $431,704 (26 students)

NV - $160,293 (10 students)

RI - $539,856 (62 students)

DE - $73,550 (3 students)

KY - $156,800 (13 students) CA - $9,625,411 (866 students) CO - $944,379 (67 students)

AZ - $1,905,878 (161 students)

TX - $4,680,748 (438 students)

NM - $775,714 (96 students)

LA - $759,298 GA - $3,757,686 (61 students) (209 students) MS - $421,074 (41 students) OK - $2,145,324 (205 students) AL - $925,322

KS - $383,495 (29 students)

AR - 247,797 (24 students)

(78 students) FL - $2,918,498 (232 students)

MD - $1,180,918 (68 students) NC - $1,072,853 (145 students)

VA - $760,843 (68 students)

TN - $656,942 (51 students) SC - $497,799 (38 students)

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Arizona

University of Alaska Anchorage University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Alaska Southeast

Arizona State University Main Arizona State University West Central Arizona College Coconino County Community College DeVry University - Phoenix Campus Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University- Prescott Campus Grand Canyon University Mesa Community College Northern Arizona University Pima County Community College District The Art Center Design College University of Advancing Computer Technology University of Arizona University of Phoenix Yavapai College

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Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University Alabama State University Auburn University Huntingdon College Jacksonville State University Oakwood College Samford University The University of Alabama The University of West Alabama Troy University Tuskegee University University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Alabama in Huntsville University of Mobile University of Montevallo University of South Alabama

Arkansas Arkansas State University Arkansas Tech University Hendrix College John Brown University Philander Smith College Southern Arkansas University University of Arkansas at Little Rock University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff University of Arkansas Main Campus University of Central Arkansas

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California Alliant International University-San Diego Antioch University Southern California Argosy University/Orange County Azusa Pacific University Biola University California College of the Arts California Institute of Technology California Lutheran University California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo California State Polytechnic University- Pomona California State University-Bakersfield California State University-Chico California State University-Dominguez Hills California State University-East Bay California State University-Fresno California State University-Fullerton California State University-Long Beach California State University-Los Angeles California State University-Northridge California State University-Sacramento California State University-San Marcos California State University-Stanislaus Chapman University


Claremont Graduate University Claremont McKenna College DeVry University - Fremont Campus Dominican University of California El Camino College Humboldt State University Loma Linda University Loyola Marymount University Mills College Mount Saint Mary’s College National University Occidental College Pepperdine University Pitzer College Point Loma Nazarene University Pomona College Saint Mary’s College of California Samuel Merritt College San Diego State University San Francisco State University San Jose State University Santa Clara University Scripps College Simpson University Stanford University The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles Thomas Aquinas College University of California, San Diego University of California-Berkeley University of California-Davis University of California-Irvine University of California-Los Angeles University of California-Merced University of California-Riverside University of California-Santa Barbara University of California-Santa Cruz University of LaVerne University of Redlands University of San Diego University of San Francisco University of Southern California University of the Pacific Vanguard University of Southern California Vista Community College Westmont College Whittier College

Colorado Adams State College Colorado Christian University Colorado College Colorado School of Mines Colorado State University Colorado State University-Pueblo Colorado Technical University Community College of Aurora Community College of Denver Fort Lewis College Johnson & Wales University Metropolitan State College of Denver Regis University University of Colorado at Boulder University of Colorado at Colorado Springs University of Colorado at Denver University of Denver

Connecticut Albertus Magnus College Trinity College University of Connecticut University of Hartford Wesleyan University Yale University

Delaware Delaware State University University of Delaware

Florida Argosy University/Sarasota Barry University Bethune Cookman College Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Florida Atlantic University Florida Institute of Technology Florida International University Florida Southern College

Florida State University Full Sail Real World Education Miami-Dade College Nova Southeastern University Pasco-Hernando Community College Polk Community College Rollins College St. Thomas University University of Central Florida University of Florida University of Miami University of North Florida University of South Florida University of Tampa Valencia Community College

Georgia Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Agnes Scott College Albany State University Armstrong Atlantic State University Augusta State University Bauder College Berry College Brenau University Clark Atlanta University Clayton State University Columbus State University Covenant College Emory University Georgia College & State University Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia Southern University Georgia State University Kennesaw State University Medical College of Georgia Mercer University Morehouse College Ogeechee Technical College Oglethorpe University Piedmont College Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah State University Southern Polytechnic State University Spelman College

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Institutions Attended The Art Institute of Atlanta University of Georgia University of West Georgia Valdosta State University

Guam University of Guam

Hawaii Argosy University/Hawaii Brigham Young University Hawaii Campus Chaminade University of Honolulu Hawaii Pacific University University of Hawaii at Hilo University of Hawaii at Manoa University of Hawaii Kapiolani Community College University of Hawaii Maui Community College

Iowa Buena Vista University Coe College Drake University Graceland University Grinnell College Iowa State University Kaplan University University of Iowa University of Northern Iowa

Idaho Albertson College Boise State University Brigham Young University-Idaho Idaho State University Lewis-Clark State College Northwest Nazarene University University of Idaho

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Illinois

Kansas

Benedictine University Bradley University Columbia College Chicago DePaul University Dominican University Illinois Institute of Technology Illinois Wesleyan University Loyola University Chicago North Park University Northeastern Illinois University Northern Illinois University Northwestern Business College Northwestern University Roosevelt University Saint Xavier University Southern Illinois University Carbondale The Illinois Institute of Art University of Chicago University of Illinois at Chicago University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Western Illinois University Wheaton College

Cowley County Community College Emporia State University Haskell Indian Nations University Kansas State University MidAmerica Nazarene University Ottawa University Pittsburg State University Sterling College University of Kansas Main Campus University of Kansas Medical Center Wichita State University

Indiana Ball State University Bethel College Butler University DePauw University Indiana University at Bloomington Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Indiana Wesleyan University Purdue University Main Campus Purdue University North Central Campus Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology University of Notre Dame Wabash College

Kentucky Centre College Georgetown College Kentucky State University Spalding University University of Kentucky University of Louisville Western Kentucky University

Louisiana Centenary College of Louisiana Dillard University Grambling State University Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College Louisiana Tech University Loyola University New Orleans McNeese State University Nicholls State University Northwestern State University Our Lady of the Lake College Southeastern Louisiana University Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College at Baton Rouge Tulane University University of Louisiana at Lafayette University of Louisiana at Monroe University of New Orleans Xavier University of Louisiana


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Amherst College Boston College Boston University Brandeis University College of the Holy Cross Emerson College Harvard University Lesley University Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Massachusetts Institute of Technology Merrimack College Mount Holyoke College Northeastern University Pine Manor College Simmons College Smith College Tufts University University of Massachusetts Wellesley College Williams College Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Bates College Bowdoin College University of New England

Central Bible College Drury University Missouri Southern State University Moberly Area Community College Rockhurst University Saint Louis College of Pharmacy Saint Louis University Truman State University University of Missouri - Columbia University of Missouri - Kansas City University of Missouri - Rolla University of Missouri - Saint Louis Washington University in St. Louis Webster University

Maryland Bowie State University Johns Hopkins University Loyola College in Maryland McDaniel College Morgan State University Salisbury University Towson University University of Maryland Baltimore University of Maryland Baltimore County University of Maryland College Park University of Maryland Eastern Shore University of Maryland University College Villa Julie College

Michigan Andrews University Calvin College Central Michigan University Eastern Michigan University Ferris State University Grand Valley State University Hope College Kettering University Macomb Community College Marygrove College Michigan State University Michigan Technological University Northern Michigan University University of Detroit Mercy University of Michigan-Ann Arbor University of Michigan-Dearborn University of Michigan-Flint Wayne State University Western Michigan University

Minnesota Capella University Carleton College College of Saint Catherine Concordia College-Moorhead Macalester College Minnesota State University, Mankato Saint Olaf College St. Cloud State University University of Minnesota-Duluth University of Minnesota-Twin Cities University of Saint Thomas Walden University Winona State University

Mississippi Alcorn State University Coahoma Community College Jackson State University Millsaps College Mississippi College Mississippi State University Mississippi University for Women Pearl River Community College Tougaloo College University of Mississippi University of Southern Mississippi

Montana Montana State University - Billings Montana State University - Bozeman Montana State University - Northern Montana Tech of The University of Montana Rocky Mountain College Salish Kootenai College The University of Montana - Missoula The University of Montana - Missoula College of Technology The University of Montana-Western

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Institutions Attended North Carolina

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Appalachian State University Bennett College Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Campbell University Davidson College Duke University East Carolina University Elizabeth City State University Fayetteville State University Mount Olive College North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University North Carolina State University School of Communication Arts University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of North Carolina at Charlotte University of North Carolina at Greensboro University of North Carolina at Pembroke Wake Forest University Winston-Salem State University

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Sierra Nevada College University of Nevada, Reno University of Nevada-Las Vegas

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New Mexico

Aakers Business College Dickinson State University Mayville State University Minot State University North Dakota State University Main Campus United Tribes Technical College University of Mary University of North Dakota Main Campus

Central New Mexico Community College Eastern New Mexico University Main Campus ITT Technical Institute New Mexico Highlands University New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology New Mexico State University Grants Branch New Mexico State University Main Campus Northern New Mexico College San Juan College Santa Fe Community College Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute University of New Mexico Gallup Branch University of New Mexico Main Campus

Nebraska Chadron State College Creighton University Nebraska Methodist College University of Nebraska - Lincoln University of Nebraska at Kearney University of Nebraska at Omaha Wayne State College

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New Jersey Drew University Montclair State University New Jersey City University New Jersey Institute of Technology Princeton University Rider University Rutgers the State University of New Jersey New Brunswick Campus Rutgers the State University of New Jersey Newark Campus Saint Peter’s College Seton Hall University Stevens Institute of Technology The College of New Jersey University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

New York Adelphi University Bard College Barnard College City University of New York City University of New York Bernard M. Baruch College City University of New York Brooklyn College City University of New York Hunter College City University of New York Queens College City University of New York The City College Colgate University Columbia University in the City of New York Cornell University Fashion Institute of Technology Five Towns College Fordham University Hamilton College Hofstra University Ithaca College Long Island University Manhattan College Manhattanville College Medaille College Nazareth College of Rochester New York Medical College New York University Pace University Polytechnic University Pratt Institute Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Roberts Wesleyan College Rochester Institute of Technology Sarah Lawrence College School of Visual Arts Siena College St. John Fisher College


geography St. John’s University State University of New York at Binghamton State University of New York at Buffalo State University of New York at Stony Brook State University of New York College at Oneonta Suffolk County Community College Eastern Campus Syracuse University Main Campus Teachers College, Columbia University The New School Union College University of Rochester Vassar College Wagner College Wells College Yeshiva University

Ohio Baldwin-Wallace College Bowling Green State University Case Western Reserve University Cedarville University Cleveland State University Columbus College of Art & Design Denison University Franciscan University of Steubenville Kent State University Main Campus Kenyon College Miami University Muskingum College Oberlin College Ohio University Main Campus The College of Wooster The Ohio State University Main Campus The Ohio State University Newark Campus The University of Akron, Main Campus The University of Toledo, Health Science Campus University of Cincinnati Main Campus University of Dayton University of Toledo Main Campus Wittenberg University Wright State University Main Campus Xavier University

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Bacone College Cameron University Connors State College East Central University Northeastern Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College Northeastern State University Northern Oklahoma College Northwestern Oklahoma State University Oklahoma Baptist University Oklahoma City Community College Oklahoma City University Oklahoma State University Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City Oral Roberts University Seminole State College Southeastern Oklahoma State University Southern Nazarene University Southwestern Oklahoma State University Tulsa Community College University of Central Oklahoma University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center University of Oklahoma Norman Campus University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma University of Tulsa

Albright College Arcadia University Art Institute of Pittsburgh Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Bryn Mawr College Bucknell University Carnegie Mellon University Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Delaware Valley College Drexel University Duquesne University Franklin & Marshall College Haverford College La Salle University Lafayette College Lehigh University Lincoln University Mansfield University of Pennsylvania Penn State University Park Robert Morris University Swarthmore College Temple University University of Pennsylvania University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Campus Ursinus College Villanova University Washington and Jefferson College West Chester University of Pennsylvania York College of Pennsylvania

Oregon George Fox University Linn-Benton Community College Oregon State University Pacific University Portland State University Reed College Southern Oregon University The Art Institute of Portland University of Oregon University of Portland Western Oregon University Willamette University

Puerto Rico Universidad Del Turabo University of Puerto Rico at Cayey

Rhode Island Brown University Bryant University Providence College Rhode Island School of Design Roger Williams University

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Institutions Attended South Carolina Charleston Southern University Claflin University Clemson University College of Charleston Converse College Francis Marion University Furman University South Carolina State University University of South Carolina Columbia University of South Carolina Upstate Winthrop University Wofford College

South Dakota Black Hills State University Dakota Wesleyan University National American University Northern State University Oglala Lakota College Sinte Gleska University South Dakota School of Mines and Technology South Dakota State University The University of South Dakota

Tennessee Belmont University Christian Brothers University Fisk University Meharry Medical College Middle Tennessee State University Rhodes College Southern Adventist University Tennessee State University Tennessee Technological University The University of Memphis

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Trevecca Nazarene University University of Tennessee University of Tennessee at Chattanooga University of Tennessee Health Science Center Vanderbilt University

Texas Abilene Christian University Austin College Baylor University Blinn College Dallas Baptist University East Texas Baptist University Houston Baptist University Huston-Tillotson University Lamar University Lubbock Christian University Midwestern State University Our Lady of the Lake University Prairie View A & M University Rice University Sam Houston State University South Texas College Southern Methodist University Southwestern University St. Edward’s University St. Mary’s University Stephen F. Austin State University Texas A & M International University Texas A & M University Texas A & M University - Commerce Texas A & M University - Corpus Christi Texas A & M University System Office Texas Christian University Texas Lutheran University Texas Southern University Texas Southmost College Texas State University-San Marcos Texas Tech University Texas Wesleyan University Texas Woman’s University

The University of Texas at Arlington The University of Texas at Brownsville Trinity University University of Houston University of Houston - Clear Lake University of Houston - Downtown University of Mary Hardin-Baylor University of North Texas University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth University of St. Thomas University of Texas - Pan American University of Texas at Austin University of Texas at Dallas University of Texas at El Paso University of Texas at San Antonio University of Texas at Tyler University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas University of the Incarnate Word

Utah Brigham Young University Salt Lake Community College Southern Utah University University of Utah Utah State University Utah Valley State College


Virginia Christopher Newport University College of William and Mary George Mason University Hampton University James Madison University Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University Marymount University National College of Business & Technology Norfolk State University Old Dominion University Regent University University of Richmond University of Virginia Virginia Commonwealth University Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Virginia State University

Virgin Islands University of the Virgin Islands

Vermont Middlebury College Norwich University University of Vermont

Washington Bastyr University Central Washington University DigiPen Institute of Technology Eastern Washington University Gonzaga University Heritage University Northwest University Peninsula College Saint Martin’s University Seattle Pacific University Seattle University South Seattle Community College

The Art Institute of Seattle University of Puget Sound University of Washington Washington State University Western Washington University Whitman College Whitworth College

Washington D.C. American University George Washington University Georgetown University Howard University The Catholic University of America

Wisconsin Cardinal Stritch University Carroll College Lawrence University Marquette University Mount Mary College Saint Norbert College University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire University of Wisconsin-Green Bay University of Wisconsin-Madison University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point University of Wisconsin-Superior Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

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Wyoming University of Wyoming

Micronesia College of Micronesia-FSM

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A Closer Look “Everything I have ever worked for was manifested in that acceptance letter. All of the obstacles I have overcome, and all the times people told me I couldn’t do it... I just proved they were wrong.” Claudia Luna-Meza, Blackfoot, ID, GMS Class of 2008

Gates Millennium Scholars Extensive research by the Institute of Higher Education Policy discovered several indicators of success – both for the GMS program and for the more than 12,000 extraordinary, low-income students of color it has identified and supported since 1999. • Reduced work and debt burdens. • More options in college choices. • More chances to become engaged and take leadership roles on campus and in the community. • Enhanced college persistence and completion. • A wider range of choices once they complete college and move on to graduate schools and careers.

The Specific Advantages The 2006 national study compared Gates Millennium Scholars versus other low-income, high achieving minority students and found these advantages:   1. Our scholars defer loans. Gates Millennium Scholars are much less likely to take out loans, and when they do borrow, the amounts are smaller. For example, by the third year in college, a little more than half had borrowed any money, compared to more than three-quarters of non-Gates Millennium Scholars.   2. Our scholars work less to finance college costs. Gates Millennium Scholars are less likely to need to work for pay or to hold off campus jobs. Many who did work reported that they did so to gain experience, rather than the necessity of financing college costs.  

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3. Our scholars enroll in highly selective colleges. Becoming a Gates Millennium Scholar is associated with higher rates of enrollment at four-year, private, out-of-state, and highly selective institutions, when compared to schools with more open admission policies.   4. Our scholars are more engaged and involved in leadership. Gates Millennium Scholars show high levels of academic and community engagement. They discuss ideas with faculty, do schoolwork with other students outside of class, and work on creative projects. They are more likely to participate in residence hall activities, cultural activities that reflect their heritage, tutoring sessions, and religious activities. They’re considerably more likely to participate in community service.   5. Our scholars persist in and complete college. Retention rates are 13 percent higher for Gates Millennium Scholars who entered college in 2001 and 2002 compared to students not selected as Gates Millennium Scholars. Graduation rates for Gates Millennium Scholars are much higher, as well. After five years, 77.6 percent of Gates Millennium Scholars entering college as a freshman in 2000 and 2001 had completed a college degree.   6. Our scholars enroll in graduate school. Undergraduate Gates Millennium Scholars who graduated from college in 2004 were substantially more likely to apply and enroll in graduate school. Scholars who enrolled in graduate school are more than four times more likely to choose education as their area of study.


“Having the GMS scholarship means the whole world to me because my older sister has it and the opportunity to emulate her is a major accomplishment. I feel much more confident in my endeavors and it brings great assurance to know that someone believes in me.� Shamel Campbell, Bronx, NY, GMS Class of 2008

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The Gates Millennium Scholars Program is one of the largest and most prestigious scholarship programs in the world. The best and brightest students aspire to become Gates Millennium Scholars. They are highly sought after by colleges, graduate institutions, corporations and community based organizations.

“I will make everyone in my community and family proud without a doubt. This was really a weight lifted off my family’s shoulders, and I am truly thankful for being selected.” Jasmine Vallejo, San Antonio, TX, GMS Class of 2008

Tapping & Nurturing Potential The GMS program promotes academic excellence and provides an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential.   GMS reduces financial barriers for African American, American Indian/ Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American  students with high academic and leadership promise.   It increases the representation of target groups in the disciplines of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health and the sciences – industries where these groups are severely underrepresented.   The program develops a diversified cadre of Leaders for America’s Future™, helping excellent students complete bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

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Much More Than Just a Scholarship

Results Speak for Themselves

For Gates Millennium Scholars, awards represent far more than funding for an education. Seamless support is provided from undergraduate through doctoral programs. For instance, academic empowerment (ACE) services encourage academic excellence. Mentoring services provide academic and personal development. An online resource center delivers internship, fellowship and scholarship information.

After eight years of the program, it’s clear: Gates Millennium Scholars excel – in school and in life. They stay in school, have higher graduation rates, are more engaged in their communities, and are better citizens. Gates Millennium Scholars:   • Achieve outstanding academic results. • Are more likely to attend the college of their choice. • Have increased opportunities to participate in community service – and take advantage of them. • Are more likely to graduate from college and seek opportunities for growth. • Can attend graduate school if desired. • Assume leadership roles on campus, at work and in their communities. • Are better able to contribute to their community and society – and contribute to the global economy.

“The GMS scholarship means an opportunity to attend a wide range of schools that I would not have been able to afford.” Chasidy Moon, Ellenwood, GA, GMS Class of 2008

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Leadership Activities Ambassador Outreach Gates Millennium Scholars and Alumni share information about GMS with their high schools and local communities as GMS ambassadors. More than 200 GMS ambassadors conducted outreach in 2007 at over 170 high schools and 60 churches and community organizations.

Service Opportunities Through GMS in Action A strong commitment to giving back is an inherent part of the GMS community. GMS in Action is a means for Gates Millennium Scholars and Alumni to participate in unique community service activities that showcase their leadership skills.

Development Through New GMS Leadership Academies Structured as one-day, mini-conferences, the new Leadership Academies deliver continued development for Gates Millennium Scholars and Alumni through workshop sessions delivered by local and national experts. They work toward continued leadership, academic and professional development. They foster increased sense of local and global community engagement and a sense of community within the Gates Millennium Scholar and Alumni community. The first academy was held in 2008 in the Washington, DC metro area with both Gates Millennium Scholars and Alumni.

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Raising Awareness Through the Graduate School Institutes (GSI) During 2007–2008, over 250 Gates Millennium Scholars and Alumni attended Graduate School Institutes, which were held to raise awareness of the seven GMS-funded areas of graduate study. They provided Gates Millennium Scholars with information about career options and present opportunities for networking and mentoring relationships. This past year, GMS collaborated with the following organizations to host GSIs.   Public Health GSIs:   • Emory University School of Public Health • George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Sciences • University of Minnesota School of Public Health • University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine   Library Science GSIs:   • University of Maryland • University of Washington   Pre-existing graduate education forums:   • Southern Regional Education Board Institute on Teaching and Mentoring • Conference of Ford Fellows • 2008 Lone Star Graduate Diversity Colloquium, an annual conference sponsored by Association of Texas Graduate Schools, that focuses on preparing underrepresented minority students for graduate school.


Orientation Through Leadership Conferences

New Alliance for GMS Opportunities

From the instant they become part of the GMS community, new Gates Millennium Scholars are welcomed into the program through participation in student Leadership Conferences. These are energy-infused orientations which focus on the 4 R’s – Rigor, Relevance, Relationships and Responsibility. They provide an orientation into the GMS program and strategies to navigate a college campus. They feature well-known speakers and provide ample opportunity for Gates Millennium Scholars to meet each other. 870 Scholars attended the 2007 Leadership Conferences, 439 attended the Virginia conference and 431 attended Los Angeles conference.

This new program combines our 15 Leader to Leader organizations and others to provide job openings, internships, fellowships and community service programs for Gates Millennium Scholars and Alumni. Twenty-four organizations currently work with GMS:   AXA Boys & Girls Club of America Council for Opportunity in Education Dell Corp. Echoing Green Educational Pioneers Foundation Educational Testing Services Junior Achievement of New York KIPP Leader to Leader Institute NIKE McKinsey NIH/Oxford Cambridge Points of Light Foundation SMDEP NSF Target Corp Teach for America The United Way of America

The Growing Leader to Leader Program Leader to Leader was created to bring together distinguished groups of leaders from diverse organizations to work together on national issues. It develops commitments to partner with GMS in providing leadership opportunities for Gates Millennium Scholars.   The organization began with 10 outstanding organizations. Five new members have joined. Members have presented at the GMS Academy and attended Leadership Conferences, the GMS Open House, and other events throughout the country.

New Alliance for GMS Opportunities Volunteers of America The Washington Center The Council of Graduate Schools The Whitehouse Internship Program

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Scholar Services Supporting Gates Millennium Scholars with Academic Empowerment Services (ACE) ACE supports students in maintaining a high level of academic performance by offering: • Graduate education planning, including an entrance test fee reduction program. • Advice for maintaining enrollment status and support through a range of web-based resources. • Graduate scholarship search and career key, which allows users to dynamically explore career options. Gates Millennium Alumni are invited to remain active in the GMS community by participating in events, and serving as GMS Mentors, GMS Ambassadors, and regional leaders through the newly created Alumni Committee.

The New Empowering Deferment Plan New this year, the Empowering Deferment Plan was created to increase the engagement of Gates Millennium Scholars on deferment, and ultimately increase the current GMS graduation rate of over 78 percent.   Gates Scholars are kept actively engaged through their attendance at Academies and Graduate School Institutes designed to encourage them to think about next academic steps. There is one-on-one advising, dissemination of information and resources regarding campus and GMS support structures as well as assistance in graduate school planning. Currently, 953 Gates Millennium Scholars are on deferment.

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GMS Circles Bring People Together GMS Circles are Gates Millennium Scholar and Alumni–driven opportunities that bring the GMS community together at all levels for informal events. Gates Millennium Scholars and Alumni form GMS Circles across the country, engage in ways to meet each other and build a campus community. Gates Millennium Scholars identify others on campus or in their geographic area using the Scholar Website. Activities may be posted, and a virtual community offers forums and dedicated GMS e-mail accounts.

Mentor Training Keeps GMS Ahead of the Curve In 2007, GMS conducted Mentor Training sessions in Virginia and Los Angeles. These culminated in a half-day workshop, “Leadership for Effectual Global Change,” which emphasized the importance of community service as a pipeline to global leadership.   The intensive sessions offered Mentors and Gates Millennium Alumni the opportunity to participate in workshops featuring speakers who are actively working to address some of the world’s most pressing problems. They also offered step-by-step strategies for moving beyond good intentions to action.   Because some Gates Millennium Scholars and Alumni are already exercising local and global leadership, these advanced Mentors and Alumni served as session facilitators, demonstrating exactly what it means to be ahead of the curve.


“Without having to worry about financial stresses, I’m able to focus on my coursework and am in the top ten percent of students at my school.” Elizabeth Espada, White Plains, NY, GMS Class of 2005

Online Scholar Services The GMS Scholar Website Redesigned with input from Gates Millennium Scholars and Alumni, the Scholar Website is a communications vehicle, information and resource center, and a place to exchange information. It also promotes the GMS Mission, fosters networking and mentoring relationships, and encourages academic and professional endeavors. Ongoing bulletin board postings include announcements about internships, fellowships, jobs, career development, cultural awareness months and services opportunities.

Mentor Match – A New Online Tool Mentor Match now connects Gates Millennium Scholar and Alumni mentors and protégés. It’s an e-mentoring software tool that supports each phase of the mentoring relationship.   Mentors may have up to four protégés, and protégés may have up to five mentors. Freshmen must sign-up as protégés. All other Gates Millennium Scholars and Alumni can sign up as protégés, mentors, or both. The program became available on the Website in February 2007.    Separate outreach campaigns encouraged Gates Millennium Scholars and Alumni to join Mentor Match and begin mentoring relationships. Campaigns included e-blasts, promotional materials, and presentations at GMS-sponsored events. Mentor Match now serves 269 GMS mentors and 545 protégés.

The New GMS Scholar Connection  This online community provides relevant and inspiring information for Gates Millennium Scholars at all levels. Targeted, interactive messaging is sent regularly to Gates Millennium Scholars and GMS community members. It’s designed to keep everyone in the loop on issues related to academic, career, and personal success – and ahead academically and professionally. Scholar Connection is a forum that allows Gates Millennium Scholars and Alumni to communicate with one another and staff, to build networks and benefit from level specific messaging that will aid in educational pursuits. • More than half of the currently enrolled Scholars have registered with Scholar Connection this year (2,674). • Gates Millennium Scholars and Alumni have accessed Scholar Connection from the Mainland, Hawaiian Islands, China, Persian Gulf and Europe, and engaged in reading 4,805 articles (two articles per user). • “Claiming your Role” was the most read article in 2007-08 followed closely by “Keys to Freshman Success”. • 729 user profiles were created resulting in 6,895 profiles viewed and 1,669 messages sent through the program.   The Scholar Connection also helps us reach out and foster Gates Millennium Alumni engagement and create online and regional Alumni communities.

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Outreach Programs Reaching out to all Students The Gates Millennium Scholars Program is still relatively new, and outreach is still critical in identifying applicants today and in the future. Activities promote awareness, familiarize applicants with eligibility criteria, and cultivate relationships with organizations, individuals and school systems that can help us serve our mission.  

The GMS Early Outreach Program Targeted at 8th to 12th graders, this allows us to promote the GMS program and our value proposition. It provides students with tools that assist them with the GMS application as well as scholarship and college applications. It also allows students to see the potential benefits of their hard work inside and outside of the classroom.   Outreach strategies include:   1. Identifying and collaborating with organizations that work with low-income students of color to encourage college and scholarship preparation   2. Increasing the number of GMS alliances   3. Continuing to identify additional forums to increase awareness   4. Developing publications in support of the outreach efforts   5. Utilizing GMS Imagine to maximize reach to potentially eligible students    

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Prospective Scholars, guidance counselors and parents can log onto our GMS Website at www.gmsp.org to register for one of the three online communities. The prospective Scholar community, GMS Imagine, is an online tool that not only informs, inspires, and educates junior and high school students, but cultivates future Gates Millennium Scholars. Messaging is specific to the grade level and ranges in content from choosing the right classes upon going to high school to understanding the difference between public and private universities. Additionally, this messaging is set up on a frequency scale that increases as a student approaches their senior year (and we hope, their completion of a GMS scholarship application and selection as a Gates Millennium Scholar).       Additionally, counselors can register to receive messages relevant to share with their broader student body. Parents and guardians can register to obtain tips on preparing their child for college and scholarships.   Outreach efforts are aggressively conducted year-round. They will help better prepare students for the GMS application process and inform educational and community organizations about the GMS scholarship.

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Reaching out to Young Men There is a gender gap in Gates Millennium Scholars today, with far more young women than young men selected. That’s why GMS has created a Male Initiative.   Gates Millennium Scholars over the past three years are comprised of nearly 69 percent female and 31 percent male. The GMS Male Initiative is designed to close that gap, increasing the pool of males applying for the GMS Program by: • Strengthening the school-to-college pipeline • Enabling more underrepresented male students to move into higher education as a result of becoming a Gates Scholar • Increasing the number of male GMS application submissions and awards • Encouraging retention and graduation as Gates Scholars  

To this end, the initiative has several strategies:   1. Build alliances with university and community-based programs focused on academic enrichment and retention of underrepresented male students   2. Target alliances with male-only high schools and other organizations that are willing to collaborate and encourage students to apply to become a Gates Millennium Scholar   3. Work with school districts, after-school, and summer-bridge programs to provide outreach for the GMS Program   4. Continue the GMS Bridge Builder Series. These forums bring together middle- and high-school age young men and Gates Millennium Scholars in discussions about preparation and the importance of post secondary education and the GMS program   5. Provide targeted outreach and support to potential male applicants through the GMS Ambassadors Program   6. Utilize the GMS Imagine online community to help young men plan ahead for college, and familiarize themselves with GMS eligibility criteria   The GMS Male Initiative is a strong support network. The staff develops targeted graduation and retention strategies, and encourages early submission of the application package. They communicate GMS program information and benefits, academic enrichment tools and resources, leadership opportunities, and community outreach activities.

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Eligibility & Selection A Gates Millennium Scholar award is a high honor and privilege for outstanding, low-income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students. The application process is highly competitive.

Eligible Students Nominees must meet all eligibility requirements. Students are eligible to be considered for a GMS scholarship if they: • Are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American. • Are a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States. • Have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale or have earned a GED. • Will be enrolling for the first time at a U.S. accredited college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student • Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities. • Have completed and submitted all required forms by the deadline. • Meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria. Federal Pell Grants typically are awarded to families that demonstrate significant financial need. Eligibility for a Federal Pell Grant is a function of many factors, including dependency status, family income, family size, and the number of students in the family.

Student Evaluation & Scholarships Gates Millennium Scholars are evaluated by independent readers according to three primary criteria: • Academic achievement • Community service • Leadership potential

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Those selected as Gates Millennium Scholars receive funds based on financial need. Based on the students financial aid award letter and GMS awarding policies, the GMS scholarship funds a student’s unmet need based on their cost of attendance including tuition, room, board, books, meals and fees.   Scholarships for the undergraduate award may be renewed annually based on satisfactory academic progress. Support for graduate degrees may be pursued for computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health and science.

Nominators & Recommenders Students must be both nominated and recommended for consideration of a GMS scholarship award. Nominators and recommenders play a major role in the process.   In order to serve as a student’s nominator, the individual must be a high school principal, guidance counselor, teacher, higher education representative, or any professional educator who has had meaningful contact with a student—including professional staff at a scholarship fund, educational agency, or outreach program. Relatives may not serve as nominators.   If the individual has agreed to serve as the student’s nominator and is also familiar with the student’s non-academic activities, then the nominator may also serve as the nominee’s recommender. A recommender must know the nominee and be familiar with his or her community service and leadership activities. For instance, a recommender could be a supervisor at work, a community group leader, or another adult who is familiar with the nominee’s non-academic activities. Relatives may not serve as recommenders.   For more information, see the eligibility criteria at www.gmsp.org.


GMS Leadership Led by an Experienced Team GMS is managed through a unique partnership and collective effort of four Partner organizations.  

United Negro College Fund (UNCF) As the nation’s oldest and most successful minority higher education assistance organization, UNCF’s mission is to provide financial support to its 39 member institutions and increase minority degree attainment by reducing financial barriers to college.   UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 25 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 300 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship programs, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 65,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country.  

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) HSF is the nation’s leading organization supporting Hispanic higher education. HSF was founded in 1975 with a vision of strengthening the country by advancing college education among Hispanic Americans – the largest minority segment of the U.S. population. In support of its mission to double the rate of Hispanics earning college degrees, HSF provides the Latino community with more college scholarships and educational outreach support than any other organization in the country.   Headquartered in San Francisco, HSF has opened regional offices in Southern California, the Southwest, the Southeast, the Northeast and the Midwest. During its 31-year history, HSF has awarded more than 78,000 scholarships totaling $195 million to Latinos from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. HSF scholars have attended more than 1,700 colleges and universities.

The American Indian Graduate Center Scholars (AIGC) AIGC was founded to help open doors to graduate education for American Indians and to help tribes obtain the educated Indian professionals they need to become more self-sufficient and to exercise their rights to self-determination. Founders Robert L. Bennett (Wisconsin Oneida) and John C. Rainer (Taos Pueblo) created a program to assist American Indian college graduates to continue their education at the masters, doctorate and professional degree level. The non-profit organization was established in 1969.  

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) APIASF is based in Washington, DC, and is the country’s largest non-profit organization devoted solely to providing scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans.   Since its formation in 2003, APIASF has distributed more than $730,000 in one-time scholarships to high-school students in the United States, the Freely Associated States and the United States Territories who are entering college for the first time. Supporters of APIASF include members of the general public and a wide spectrum of community and professional leaders, organizations and corporations.

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Advisory Council & Alliances Advisory Council

Join Our Alliance

The GMS Advisory Council has six members: five members are from higher education and one member represents the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.   Advisory Council members include:   1. Dr. Gilberto Cardenas, Assistant Provost, Institute of Latino Studies at University of Notre Dame   2. Dr. David Chang, Chancellor, Polytechnic University   3. Mr. James Larimore, Dean of Students, Swarthmore College   4. Dr. Piedad Robertson, former President, Education Commission of the States   5. Dr. David V. Taylor, former Provost, Morehouse College   6. James H. Shelton, III, Program Director, Education, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Our slogan, “Leaders for America’s Future™” clearly defines the high expectation we have for Gates Millennium Scholars. That is why we need to reach into every school and every family to find the thousand points of light we seek every year.   Will you join our alliance? Identify promising scholars? Promote awareness of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program?

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Contact Us The Gates Millennium Scholars Program is administered by:   United Negro College Fund, Inc. 8260 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive P.O. Box 10500 Fairfax, VA 22031 Toll-Free Phone: 1-877-690-GMSP (4677) Public Relations Phone: 1-703-205-2080 Fax: 1-703-205-2079 e-mail: info@gmsp.org website: www.gmsp.org

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Contents Message from Michael L. Lomax Message from Larry A. Griffith Discovering Leaders 3 Year in Review Making History 5 Awards by State   6 Institutions A Closer Look The Impact 18 Leadership Activities Scholar Services 22 Online Scholar Services Outreach 24 Eligibility & Selection 26 GMS Leadership Advisory Council & Alliances

The Brightest Stars In this Annual Report, we are proud to introduce you to the Gates Millennium Scholars Program’s activities for the past year.   Every year, we award 1,000 scholarships to incoming first-time college matriculants. They are among America’s best and brightest. They represent the hopes and dreams of millions of people. They will return from their educational experience to extraordinary careers and leadership positions. At the same time, they will get involved in their communities and help them to become better places to live and work.   They are the brightest stars – each a bright and shining promise for America’s future.

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The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) is the administrator of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS), which provides services to Gates Millennium Scholars by means of collective efforts of four partner organizations.  GMS program staff members at the American Indian Graduate Center Scholars, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the United Negro College Fund serve students from all fifty states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Opportunity 8260 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax, Virginia 2203 • www.gmsp.org

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GMS 2008 Annual Report